"The State of Fun": How Singapore's Fun Campaigns Legitimise an Emerging Casino Economy

Presented by Dr Juan Zhang (School of Social Science, UQ)

Date: 3 November, 2017
Time: 3pm-4pm
Location: Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Abstract:

When Singapore opened two luxurious casino resorts in 2010, fun was a key rationale that legitimised the state’s project of reinventing Singapore as an exciting global city attractive not only to the rich and famous, but also the transnational tourists with money to spend. While casino gambling had been a thorny issue for decades, the state adopted creative strategies to re-package gambling with culture, arts, shopping and other services as a total experience of fun and entertainment. Based on primary data collected in a two-year project in Singapore (2013-15), this talk discusses how fun is packaged, promoted, governed and experienced in and around Singapore’s casino space. Calculative logics, maximising strategies, and ethics of self-discipline justify the state sanctioned “Fun” campaigns, which lead to the normalisation and legitimisation of an emerging casino economy as Singapore turns itself into a "state of fun”.

 

Presenter:

Juan Zhang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Social Science, University of Queensland. Her research interests include transnational mobilities, borders, labour migration, and casinos in Asia. She has published in journals including, Current Sociology, Environment & Planning D, Environment & Planning A, Gender Place & Culture, among others. Her recent co-edited book is entitled The Art of Neighbouring: Making Relations Across China's Borders (University of Amsterdam Press, 2017). Juan serves the editorial board of the journal Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration.

Dr Juan Zhang

 

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

The research seminar and workshop series' occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

The seminars occur on a Friday afternoon from 3-4 pm in Room 601 in the Michie Building (#9).

Semester 2, 2017 Seminars & Workshops

 

Friday, 2 March
3-4pm

Construction of Asylum Seekers

Digital Learning Space,
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Stephen Crofts

Friday, 9 March
3-4pm

Workshop: Metrics for Grant Writing and Promotion

Digital Learning Space,
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Angela Hannan and Kathleen Smeaton
(UQ Library)

Friday, 16 March
3-4pm

Digital Learning Space,
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Ewa Lajer-Burcharth
(Harvard University)

Friday, 23 March
3-4pm

Robert Smithton exhibition at UQ Art Museum

Digital Learning Space,
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Amelia Barikin

Friday, 20 April
3-4pm

Rise of "Bright Noir": Redemption and Moral Optimism in American Contemporary TV-Noir

Digital Learning Space,
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Alberto Garcia
(University of Navarra)

 

Friday, 27 April
3-4pm

Digital Learning Space,
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Prof. Murray Pomerance (tbc)
Friday, 4 May
3-4pm

Paul Lazarsfeld and Facebook: Re-Reading Personal Influence in an Age of Social Media

Digital Learning Space,
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Prof Tom O'Regan
Friday 18 May
3-4pm

Digital Learning Space,
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Skye Doherty
Friday, 1 June
3-4pm

The Digital Face in Cinema, Technology, Cultural Reception

Digital Learning Space,
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Lisa Bode